The Yankee Clipper Contest Club Open House
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Sturbridge Host Hotel
366 Main Street
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Yankee Clipper Contest Club, one of the largest Ham Radio clubs in the Northeast, is proud to open it’s doors to the general Ham population of the area! We invite all hams to come and experience one of our meetings. We will be presenting special material, of interest to all hams who operate the HF bands, relating to design and construction of your ham radio station.
Presentations will include:
“Whats the Best HF Transceiver for Me? -A Radio Selection Strategy”
– by Brian Machesney, K1LI and others
“Antenna Selection and Design- What’s Important” – by Joe Reisert, W1JR
YCCC is a club of over 350 members who are interested in Contesting. As such, we have developed a high level of expertise in station and antenna system design and HF transceiver selection, and would love to share this with the general ham community in the region. Whether you are just starting to put together your first station, or are well on your way, we’re certain you will pick up some great tips from these talks!
Please come and meet with our members, and hear some presentations that can have an immediate impact on the performance of your station!
We will also be selling raffle tickets to support the YCCC ARRL Youth Scholarship. Tickets will be sold for $25 per chance to win an Elecraft K3/100 Transceiver. We expect to hold the drawing at this meeting* – a lucky ham will go home with a new Elecraft K3/100 kit!
* Cash or checks accepted, no credit cards. YCCC reserves the right to delay the drawing until sufficient tickets have been sold to cover the prize and the donation.
The Southern California based PAPA Repeater System will be reprising its popular special radio event!
Under the call sign K6H, “Ham Radio Celebrates Hollywood” will be held on Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm PST and originate from Stage 9 of the CBS Studio Center facility in Studio City, California.
Historic Stage 9 is the home of ABC’s hit TV show, “Last Man Standing”, starring Tim Allen. “Seinfeld”, “Spin City”, “According To Jim”, “Cane”, “The Cleaner” and “The Defenders” are among the shows that have been shot on the stage.
“Last Man Standing” has just been renewed for its 4th season and a number of the shows licensed radio operators will be on hand to host the PAPA members.
Many paths and modes will be available to contact the stage including HF, VHF, UHF, DSTAR, Echolink and IRLP.
This is not a contest, but a fun opportunity for amateur operators to talk directly to the stage on the equipment seen on “Last Man Standing” each week.
To facilitate contacts the event will be streamed live via the internet and operators will BLOG in real-time on Twitter and the PAPA System webpage.
A special, limited edition QSL card will be issued to all confirmed contacts.
A schedule of operating times and frequencies will be announced shortly. For more information contact Rob Antonacci at:firstname.lastname@example.org and watch the PAPA System Website
Part of our charter is to prepare to provide emergency communications for the company and community. Although not expressly required WARC officers strongly urge all members to follow the Connecticut ARES training roadmap. All amateur operators volunteering under ARES for events in the community are requested to complete the training program and provide proof in order to be credentialed for activation. ARES is striving to conform to FEMA’s Incident Command System requirements.
WARC is not ready to offer EmComm training as of yet. However, there may be some offerings in your local area. You can check with the league for availability here. Generally, you should complete some prerequisite courses before signing up for an EmComm class.
For more information on ARES training in Connecticut please visit the CT ARES web site and click on the ‘Training’ tab. You may also want to check out the ‘CERT Training’ tab for a more general offering of emergency training in your community.
Recently, the FCC, under direction from Congress, reported on the uses of Amateur radio in emergency situations. You can read it here.
One of the objectives on our club is to grow the ranks of new ham operators. Since many of our members were not yet licensed the club decided to hold its first class for those looking to get on the air. Club vice-president George Parson (W1GHP) offered to instruct the class of fourteen students over the course of many weeks. Jay Ballard (W1JHB) and Jonathan Glastris (KB1WSD) were on hand to help demonstrate the real aspects of the curriculum. Meanwhile, other members were planning to execute the test session as VE’s. Rod Lane (N1FNE), Mike Nagorski (N1JJX), Ted Szypulski (K2GAV), and Don Skinner (N1HWR) officiated the VE session on June 12 and scored each participant’s test per ARRL rules. The result? All fourteen students passed their tests and are now licensed radio operators! Congratulations to all our new licensees. Next, George will consider holding some classes for upgrading existing licensees. Since this was our first VE session there were some things the VE’s took away to make our next test session run more smoothly. We hope to be able to offer test sessions for operators outside of the club on a periodic basis and give back to the community at large.
Today is the day!!! The inaugural transmission of the new club call sign will occur on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 1700 EDT (2100Z) on or around 7.178 MHz. If you’d like to log a QSO with us, be there! We’ll likely QSY to 20m after a while. Check back here for the latest information on where we’re at!